Skip to comments.Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor
Posted on 12/11/2012 7:47:20 AM PST by IBD editorial writer
Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus driver Nicolas Maduro, who's served as his foreign minister since 2006. Chavez urged Venezuelans "from the bottom of my heart" to vote for Maduro if "anything happens to me." He meant death, and was referring to the proviso in Venezuela's constitution that elections be called within 30 days if a president dies before he can assume another term, which in his case was scheduled in 2013. On the surface, that ought to be good news for Venezuela's battered opposition, which last October came as close as they've ever come to unseating Chavez. Henrique Capriles Radonski drew more than 40% of the vote in what was an impossibly stacked election, a powerful show of unity in the face of long odds.
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The “takers” outnumber the “makers” most of whom have already left VZ.
Hugo, why don’t you sit down, shut up and smell the sulphur?
Hopefully, the makers are strong, organized and ready to roll after the last election and in anticipation of dear leaders sad death.
A simple solution: Obama can resign and take the job. He’d fit right in there.
“Henrique Capriles Radonski drew more than 40% of the vote in what was an impossibly STACKED election.”
We could teach them a thing about going up against stacked elections. Our candidate can get more than 40%.